Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center

Get Involved

Get Involved

There are many ways to make a difference at Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center. Volunteers, partners and donors help guide our programs, assist with classes and outings, provide job skills training, raise funds and make our communities more inclusive. We serve the full range of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities — from those who may be college-bound to those who may require lifelong care.

“Thank you for building a community for Abby where she can enjoy her friends, learn something new and relax in a place where being herself is celebrated!”
Abby’s mom, Rebecca, Snohomish, Washington

Volunteer With Us

We rely on volunteers to fulfill the center’s vision of lifelong learning and better quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities. Most volunteers help with classes at the Burnett Adult Life Center in Bothell. Less often, they go on outings or help around the office.

Volunteers must:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Commit to help out 1 or 2 times each week for at least 12 weeks. Most volunteers work 1 to 5 hours on the same day and time each week.

See the steps to volunteer at the center.

Intern With Us

The Burnett Adult Life Center is a training and fieldwork site for students preparing for careers in a wide range of fields. These include music therapy, art therapy, social work, recreational therapy, nursing, health studies, community psychology, education and business. At the center, interns put into action the skills and best practices they learn at college. They also become advocates within their fields for people with disabilities. Learn about internships at the Burnett Adult Life Center

Partner With Us

Many local companies and groups partner with our center to offer life skills training at their business. Please call 425-488-6173 or email us to learn about getting your business involved.

We welcome ideas for field trips, tours and outings from businesses and community organizations. Another way to help is to host a fundraiser to benefit the center. Email us to learn more.

Read how Yon mastered the art of small talk, went to his first dance and landed a job with help from the Burnett Adult Life Center’s programs.

Teach for Us

We welcome new instructors who have a passion for teaching adults with developmental disabilities. Our classes cover a wide range of topics, such as life skills, cooking, art, music, fitness, gardening and gaming. We are always looking to expand our offerings.

  • We hire instructors as independent contractors to teach classes for a 12-week term. Most sign a 1-year contract.
  • As an independent contractor with Seattle Children’s, you must have liability insurance and your own business license, LLC or UBI number. If you do not, we can help you get started on the needed paperwork.
  • To learn more, please email us.


Donors help us expand our services, provide scholarships and serve more learners and families. To ensure your gift goes to the center, select “Other” in the “Designation” field and type “Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center.” Donate now.

If you want to make an in-kind gift, check our wish list on Items you purchase will ship directly to us.

Join Our Guild

Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the nation.